Monday, December 24, 2007

Have you ever?

Have you ever had someone who spoke words that gave you hope?
This morning during my time with God he reminded me of a woman who I will call Doreen. She was a client of mine back when I worked in a nail salon. Every 4th week Doreen would come to the salon to relax and get pampered. Our conversation would start out with "how have you been?" or "do you have any plans for the weekend?" After a few minutes of listening politely to what had been going on in her life, I would then begin to complain about my family life. Like how miserable I was being married and how my daughter wouldn't listen to me at all. When I now think about all the nasty things I would say (while I proclaimed I was a christian)it must have made her sick at heart. She had a relationship with Jesus. Many times she would speak truth to me. I didn't not realize then but I now know that she was planting seeds.
My life has changed so much since our talks at the salon. My husband and I have been married for 20 years and my relationship with my daughter has been renewed. I haven't seen Doreen for quite sometime but I am very thankful for the words that she spoke to me. For encouraging me to read my bible, spend time with God and go to church even when I didn't feel like it. I know that she prayed for my family and me. That we would find the hope and contentment only God could give us.
So, when someone who feels that life is unfair begins to share their story with me, I listen and pray. I ask God to give me the words that He wants me to speak to her. To encourage her to press on and not give up because you never know when that blessing is about to happen.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Inner Beauty

II Corinthians 4:16

Yes, as I look into the mirror I can see it, I'm getting older. Everyday I take a step closer looking like a wiser woman. Wasn't it just yesterday that I could apply my make-up without watching it move from here to there? I also remember the times in my life that when I arose in the morning I could move without any pain.
I once knew a woman who wasn't concerned about getting older. Yet she was always working on herself, making sure that every morning was spend with the Lord. Her conversations with God seemed to go on for hours at least that's how it appeared to me as a young girl. I saw passed the wrinkles and the tried old body as I would look at her. And there I would see her willingness and faithfulness to seek His Kingdom first. I realize now that is what made her the beauty she was.
God, give me the longing to seek You everyday. To be faithful and willing to allow You to press me on all sides so that I will have that inner beauty that my mother displayed. Amen
II Corinthians 4:16

Thursday, December 6, 2007

My Calling?

I am sorry it has taken me so long to write.I'm not even sure if anyone has been reading my blog. But this whole writing adventure scares me. Have you ever felt God calling you to do something but your not sure you can do it? Well that is where I am right now with this writing thing. I have never been to good with poetic or big descriptive words. If I can be completely honest with you I'm a terrible speller. Oh I forgot I can use spellcheck. I do have a desire to put my thoughts on paper and I have been told that's half the battle. I also know that God will give me the resources. OK , I think I will give it a try and trust God.